Each year, 65,000 undocumented students graduate from US high schools without papers.
These young people came to the US as children, were educated in US schools, and know only the US as their home, yet upon graduating high school, they face financial barriers that restrict their opportunities in higher education.
Though all children are guaranteed an education in public schools and though all state residents have a right to attend college with in-state tuition, undocumented students are denied access to financial aid. They live at risk of arrest, detention, and deportation to countries they may not even remember. Currently, there is no path to citizenship for these young people.
To call attention to these issues, my organization, Long Island Jobs with Justice, is organizing a screening of the documentary Papers on May 14 at Huntington Cinema Arts. The film highlights the life of undocumented students and their struggle for obtaining legalization once they turn 18.
After the screening, there will be a panel discussion with students looking at the realities of life as an undocumented student on Long Island.
Monday, May 14, 6-8:30pm
Huntington Cinema Arts Centre
423 Park Avenue, Huntington
General Admission Fee: $20
Student Fee: $10